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July 27, 2016

Green Building Councils worldwide to increase energy efficiency within city buildings

US non-profit organisation World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has collaborated with World Resources Institute-led Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) to help double energy efficiency by 2030 in cities around the world.

By Lopamudra Roy

US non-profit organisation World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has collaborated with World Resources Institute-led Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) to help double energy efficiency by 2030 in cities around the world.

In a bid to attain this goal, Green Building Councils in Colombia, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, and South Africa will work with mayors and staff in the cities of Bogota, Dubai, Warsaw, and Tshwane under the BEA. They will help these cities determine the best possible action to make efficiency improvements in their buildings. 

Green Building Council South Africa's CEO Brian Wilkinson said: “We value our strong working relationships with a number of cities across South Africa.

“When the City of Tshwane expressed an interest to us and WRI to join the Building Efficiency Accelerator, we didn’t hesitate to offer our expertise.

"Green Building Councils in Colombia, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, and South Africa will work with mayors and staff in Bogota, Dubai, Warsaw, and Tshwane under the BEA."

“Helping the city to establish a policy or programme that will make a meaningful impact on the energy efficiency of its buildings is fundamental to our mission, and we’re delighted to be involved in this partnership through WorldGBC.”

Under the collaboration, the participating Green Building Councils will offer support to city governments, while WorldGBC will share resources and build capacity around the value of green building certification programmes, which can operate both at national and local levels.

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The BEA is a public-private partnership of cities, businesses, and organisations, which focus on enhancing energy efficiency within buildings in cities.

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